Governance Research Digest – December 2012
Transparency International published its latest Corruption Perceptions Index, highlighting the levels of corruption all over the world. The Index is based on expert assessments and data from 13 surveys from independent institutions, covering issues such as access to information, bribery of public officials, kickbacks in public procurement, and the enforcement of anti-corruption laws.
- Two thirds of the 176 countries ranked in the 2012 index score below 50.
- The lowest scored country in Europe, however, is troubled Greece – ranked down 14 places to number 36.
- Syria too, presently in the middle of civil war, is down 15 places to number 144, making it one of the most corrupt countries on earth.
- Egypt, presently in the middle of demonstrations, is down six places to 118 out of 174 countries ranked by the index.
- Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia share last place with a score of only eight out of 100 for transparency.
- At the top are some of the world’s most stable countries – New Zealand, Denmark and Finland are number one.